Journey Partners join hands

6/17/2008

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and the Center for Ministry have joined hands in offering Journey Partners, a training program in spiritual direction.

 The Center for Ministry, organized in 1999, is a collaborative venture of Millsaps College and the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In February, Journey Partners inaugurated its third class. A two-year course under the direction of Jane Watts from the Center of Ministry, the program is both ecumenical and diverse. Participants include laity and clergy from the Episcopal, Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Catholic, and United Methodist churches. The Gray Episcopal Conference Center north of Canton will be the home for Journey Partners. 

Spiritual direction is a ministry within the Christian tradition in which one person assists others to pay attention to God’s presence and guidance in their lives. It is walking beside others as they listen for the leading of God and as they discern how to live in faithful response in all of life. It employs both God-given gifts and carefully cultivated skills.

 Journey Partners provides a context in which to take one’s own faith journey to a deeper level, to study classic and contemporary spiritual writings and to develop the skills of spiritual direction. Specific attention is also given to spiritual guidance within congregations and groups. 

The Rev. Wendy Miller, noted teacher and practitioner of spiritual direction, is the program’s instructor. She is assistant professor of spiritual formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Virginia, where she has taught for the past 14 years. She is the author of Invitation to Presence and Jesus, Our Spiritual Director. In addition to studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Wendy holds Masters degrees from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and General Theological Seminary. She also received training at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction in Washington, D.C. Miller guides several training programs in spiritual direction around the U.S. 

For information contact Watts at jane@centerforministry.com or visit the Center for Ministry Web site www.centerforministry.com